Everybody loves superheroes, but sometimes people love the villains just as much. If you fall into this category, then you will want to see who made the best of the rogue’s gallery from this past year’s Origins Game Fair held in Columbus, Ohio. This list contains not only bad guys, but the worst of the worst, the most villainous and the most dastardly. See below who made the list when myFiveBest presents, the Five Best Villains from Origins 2009:
The Joker: Batman’s arch-nemesis and all around creepy clown, the Joker first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940 and is the creation of Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. Throughout the appearances of the Joker throughout the years, he has always been a criminal mastermind, but is portrayed as either a comical trickster or a deadly sociopath. (I prefer the latter. Editor’s note) On film and television, the Joker has been played by Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Larry Storch (voice), Larry Weinrib (voice), Mark Hamill (voice), and most recently Heath Ledger – along with many others. What most may not know is that the Joker idea came from a silent film called, The Man Who Laughs, where Conrad Veidt (Major Strasser from the film Casablanca) portrayed a very similar-looking character to what we now know as the Joker.
Magneto: Marvel’s mutant of mayhem is the leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the arch-nemesis to the X-Men. Known also as Erik Lehnsherr (his real name is Max Eisenhardt), Magneto was first introduced to us in September 1963 in X-Men #1 (Stan Lee and Steve Ditko). He has the ability to manipulate magnetism and generate electro-magnetic forces. At first, Magneto was nothing more than a megalomaniac bent of world power, but through the years, his interest is for the betterment of mutant kind through superiority. According to Stan Lee, Magneto really isn’t as bad as everyone (including our Origin’s fans) make him out to be. He’s just misunderstood and wants to strike back at the bigots and the racists against mutants.
Deadpool: Known as the “Merc with a Mouth”, Deadpool is more of an anti-hero than supervillain. His alter-ego, Wade Wilson, is from the minds of comic book stars Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Deadpool first appeared in New Mutants #98 (February 1991) with the ability to heal fast (thanks to blood extracted from Wolverine), technical gadgets and incredible dexterity, Deadpool once suffered from cancer that left him horribly disfigured and mentally unstable. This is now gone due to his regenerative powers. He is also a member of Canada’s Weapon X program that created other numerous adamantium clad superheroes. Deadpool’s comics are usually of a dark slapstick nature and the writers often have him break “the fourth wall” (i.e. he will turn and talk to the readers).
Darkseid: One of the rogues in DC’s warchest, Darkeid first appeared in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olson #134 (November 1970). He is the creation of Jack Kirby and was modeled after a combination of Jack Palance and Richard Nixon. Having god-like powers, Darkseid’s main power is the Omega Force which comes from his eyes and disintegrates or transforms most any organism. Anything destroyed by the Omega Force can be brought back by Darkseid. He also has all of the prowess of Superman, though rarely relies on physical strength, as he is a master strategist. Darkseid is one of DC’s epic bad guys and appears in many of their comics.
Dr. Doom: Marvel’s arch-nemesis to the Fantastic Four, Dr.Doom – also known as Victor von Doom, ultimate ruler of Latveria - was another creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby who made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962). Doom’s main goals are to rule the world and destroy the Fantastic Four – of which he tries quite a bit. Doom’s major power is his intellect. Marvel places him as the second most intelligent being on the planet, right behind Mr. Fantastic, Reed Richards. Additionally, he has powerful armor that shoots bolts of power and has a force field, and he also maintains some minor magical capabilities. Together with amazing amounts of resources from his country of Latveria, Dr. Doom is a force to be reckoned with.